Archive for November, 2008

Is That Working For You?

Posted on November 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

A relatively recent addition to my morning routine is a quick on-line coaching program called “Six Minutes to Success”, created by Canadian self-improvement icon Bob Proctor.  He is, without a doubt, one of my favourite mentors because he is practical and unfailingly positive.  It’s great, too, that I can spend a few minutes in the morning thinking about the “topic of the day”, and have it percolate back into my conscious thoughts throughout the day. 

Without restating his whole message, I can tell you that I spent some time this morning thinking about what I do, what works, and what doesn’t.  The idea is to get rid of the “what doesn’t”.  And you know what came up for me?  My default response to stress, which is to head to the pantry and pop the first yummy looking thing in my mouth before someone catches me.  It’s impulsive, it’s counter to my whole “eat better and exercise” path, and it’s time and energy wasted.  Because believe me, it takes energy not so much to pop a cookie or a scoop of peanut butter in my mouth, but to process the guilt and annoyance afterward!

These annoying little habits are all too common.  My pantry mini-binges are someone else’s bedroom window cigarettes, and another’s mindless TV viewing.  As Dr. Phil says about these stupid behaviours, “Is that working for you?”  Give yourself permission to let it go, or at least try not to beat yourself up about it.  Just recognizing when something isn’t working is the first step to real change.

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It’s a newborn baby blog!

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: In My Experience | Tags: , , , |

Welcome to Out of the Fog, my blog for exploring solutions  when living with Attention Deficit Disorder, especially those, like me, who are adult women.  More than that, it’s a journal dedicated to personal success, however and wherever you find it.

In fact, I hardly feel like it’s a “disorder” I’m living with at this point, partly because it’s as much a part of me as my green eyes and left-handedness, and partly because in the last few years I’ve learned to use some terrific tools and strategies that enhance my strengths and minimize the, uh, “foggy” side of me.

In this blog, I’ll look at the characteristics of ADD as it often manifests in girls and women, how I came to be classified with this “label”, what I’ve worked to overcome, and the many treatments, both medical and behavioural, that we can choose from as individuals living and even thriving with ADD.

It will go beyond ADD as well, and explore the potential of the human mind, the plasticity of our remarkable brain, and the infinite possibilities that absolutely are still the birthright of you and every person, whatever your situation and whatever struggles you work to overcome.

I’m sure I’ll find a place on this blog for the requisite disclaimers.  I’m not a doctor or a psychologist, and of course I recommend that you consult with your own medical professional in the process of diagnosing, treating and ultimately living with ADD or any other condition that resembles it (and believe me, ADD comes in many packages.  What works for me won’t work for everyone, and vice versa).

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